Programme

Fearless Speech #13

Xenofeminism – A Politics for Alienation

Part of the HAU event series “Fearless Speech”

Dialogue

English / approx. 120 Min.

Xenofeminism demands a technomaterialist and gender abolitionist form of feminism. In this talk, Helen Hester, author of the book "What is Xenofeminism?" will offer a brief outline of each of these terms, using Shulamith Firestone’s contentious manifesto "The Dialectic of Sex" as a recurring reference point. First published in 1970, Firestone’s text claims that humanity’s "accumulation of skills for controlling the environment" – extending, crucially, to gendered embodiment and biological reproduction – is a means of realizing "the conceivable in the actual." It therefore looks to technology, including, most famously, assistive reproductive technologies but also forms of domestic automation and industrial cybernation as a point of leverage in efforts to transform oppressive socio-biological conditions. Together with Patricia Reed from xeno-feminist collective Laboria Cuboniks, Helen Hester will discuss Shulamith Firestone’s constructive and ambitiously emancipatory vision which profoundly shaped the xenofeminist imaginary, moderated by Sonja Eismann from Missy Magazine. 

Dates

  • Past
    Tue 20.3.2018, 19:00 / HAU1

Credits

An event series by HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

Location

HAU1
Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin

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